There is one state legislative special election today, a runoff in Texas State House District #118 in San Antonio. Back in November, 3 Democrats and 3 Republicans were on the ballot to replace Joe Farias (D), who resigned to spend more time with his family. The special election field was very fragmented, with Republican John Lujan coming in first but with only 29% of the vote. The other runoff participant is Democrat Tomas Uresti, who received 22%.
With practically everyone in politics focused on Washington, D.C. tonight for President Obama’s final State of the Union address, I doubt the two state legislative special elections taking place in the Midwest today will get much attention on the Internet. Except here, that is.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett formally filed nomination papers this week, in advance of Tuesday’s deadline, seeking re-election to a fourth term in that position. Mr. Barrett narrowly won his first term in 2004 with 54% of the vote, but his two subsequent re-elections have been landslides, receiving 70% or more in both 2008 and 2012. Given that Milwaukee’s Mayors are known for their longevity (the city has had only 8 Mayors over the last 100 years), will this year’s election be worth following?
According to the Facebook page of the Portsmouth (R.I.) Times, John Pagliarini (R) leads Jim Seveney (D) by 70 votes in Tuesday’s Rhode Island SD #11 special election, with all precincts reporting. The post states that there are 270 absentee and provisional ballots which are expected to be counted on Wednesday.
(see link here: https://www.facebook.com/PortsmouthTimes/)
As noted in my original discussion of this election earlier today here, I expected this race would be very close and that Mr. Pagliarini had decent chances.
Much has been written about those state legislatures where Republicans have overwhelming and historic majorities, especially in places where Democrats were in control only a decade ago. However there are some states where Democrats are dominant, perhaps nowhere more so than in the Rhode Island State Senate. Democrats control 32 of the 38 seats in that body, and they are probably favored to pick up another seat on Tuesday in what is the first state legislative special election of 2016.